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  1. Yes, it's frustrating. Speaking of this, the Commission just uploaded this fact-sheet on their main website and social media channels, that's at least something...although by far not enough to counter the massive disinformation floating around.
  2. The question of shared European debt is not an issue to be treated lightly - I don't agree with the German or Dutch position, but their concerns aren't pointless. This is something the governments have to sell and explain to their people, and the German population - one of the most supportive for European integration, don't forget - is very divided on this issue. Having said that, let's not be one-sided when it comes to the EU's actions. Yes, the leaders of the member states are in disarray, but the European institutions themselves are clearly trying to help as much as they can with their limited competences. IMO, this epidemic shows all the more again that more federalization and strengthening of European institutions is what's necessary in dealing with international crises. The will and commitment to a strong aid program is clearly there in the EU institutions, but sadly, this is overshadowed in the news again by the endless quarrels between the member states. I hope this is a lesson the member states will learn - unfortunately, my fear too is that the opposite thing could happen, i.e. states will channel their frustration against the EU and call for its dismantling. We're already seeing effects in Italy, where Russia is securing a propaganda coup with its helping 'efforts' (which are mostly a farce only), while the EU is made to look as an ignorant by-stander.
  3. Good measures just announced by Germany's central government. Not a complete lockdown as in Spain or Italy, but a wide prohibition of contacts - meaning you can still go out for basic necessities (supermarkets, drugstores, but all other things closed, including barber shops, cosmetic stores etc), workplace, as well as for sports / taking walks, but only with one other person and a minimum distance of 1,5 meters (that other person doesn't have to be from your family or household - so there's still a minimum of social contacts allowed). However, if you're outside with more than one person, they must be from your family or household or you'll face heavy fines. Having said that, Germany is a federal country, i.e. the different states within Germany can take stricter measures than what the central government announced, if they feel necessary to do so. E.g. in Bavaria where there's been a big spike in cases, you can only be outside alone or with someone living in the same apartment. Measures will last for 2 weeks, but I think it's obvious it's going to be longer than this. I'm preparing myself for this situation to last until late April for sure (and probably beyond, however at some point they'll have to lift some measures or there won't be an economy to fall back on anymore) Anyways, I think it's very rational of the German government to allow people some extent of physical activity and a basis for social contacts, however small it might be. Yes, the spread of the virus must be contained as much as possible, however we should also keep in mind the emotional and psychological ramifications of being isolated for a long period of time. Which in turn can lead to a whole different range of problems - domestic abuse or depression being one of them. So, IMO, this is a good balance of measures - let's hope people stick to them and don't fuck it up with 'Corona parties' and other bizarre stuff like this.
  4. @elijah I totally feel you with your posts re/Europe, for me too European unity and the future of EU is something that lies close to my heart, and it's sad to see how many issues we've been tormented with since the past 10 years-ish. The growing populism, the economic crisis (which will most likely flare up again now), the ever-lasting refugee issue, now this thing...and then of course on the outside you have persons like Putin and Trump who eagerly await any sign of instability in Europe so they can weaken and undermine the system. Having said that, I'm really missing a response to the virus right now on an united European level, with a coherent policy and joint cooperation - the past weeks have been quite chaotic with every country doing its own thing, like banning the export of masks and medical equipment to other member states. This is not doing the reputation of the EU any favors, especially in Italy...Similar with the sudden border closures of many countries (without notifiying the others), which is causing transport issues and damaging the free flow of goods (for example here the trucks carrying goods between Poland and Germany have been stuck for days because of massive traffic jams) I understand though this is a first-time situation for Europe, as for most of the world, so it's easier said than done. Hopefully before there's another epidemic on this scale again (which will probably happen some point in the future) we'll have a EU-wide task force who will be able to give a quicker and more united response.
  5. At this point this is actually more of a myth though. I don't post too often in the political section, but it really should be pointed out that the problem of far-right populism has, as unfortunate as it is, become much much more complex than this. As an example, in Germany the far-right AfD became the second-strongest party in a couple of regional elections this year, but what really rocked the boat was when statistics came out showing who voted whom. Because, unlike what is often claimed, there were big amounts of supporters from pretty much any economic status, age and gender - women, people with high-income jobs, even parts of the migrant community. In addition, the far-right was the most popular party among young people below 30. It's a similar demographic with the Front National voters in France, and the Bolsonaro supporters last year IIRC. Can not speak for Spain or other countries outside of Europe that face this situation, but those results do indicate that populism is spreading far beyond its original target demography (which was the poor, middle-aged white male). As long as the rest of society and political parties don't recognize this, there will be no effective 'fighting' against this trend.
  6. The fire is largely put out now and the structure is safe. Definitely not burning to the ground, as the thread title implies...thankfully!! https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/notre-dame-fire/h_b65ed0ae7b1533f801dd7c989212497a
  7. Certainly not the end, but this is definitely going to have, beside the immense physical damage, a psychological impact on many in Paris and beyond as it obviously has such a landmark meaning. To see such a symbolic and visible building now charred and partly in ruins for several years is a tough thing to swallow for sure. It's good to hear nobody gut hurt, though!
  8. Looks like most of the roof including the large spire has already collapsed...This is going to take years and years to reconstruct it all.
  9. Just heard about it as well. That loos like a horrible fire! Hope they can put it out as quick as possible, but looks like there's going to be a huge damage already... Hope they could evacuate everyone.
  10. Well, that‘s a first. Can you explain how leaving a 28 state organization (and structuring xenophobic arguments around it) is opening itself up to the world? Britain is suddenly going to strike groundbreaking partnerships and befriend new nations now that they laid off their chains, or what? Are they going to conquer India again?
  11. The first time I heard the news about the cold spell in the US, I just knew this moron would use it to advance his claims against climate change. And voilá! So predictable, really.
  12. I'd be up for that! I think there are actually quite a lot of Berliners in this forum
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